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Poster: Agricola Date: Jun 12, 2010 3:35pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Compression...

It's possible to make too big a deal about sound loss when compression is used. I would of course prefer a lossless source. But how much of a difference does it really make?

Consider that the "normal" range of human hearing is 20-20000Hz. How many people can actually perceive the entire range? People joke about old people not being able to hear well, and there is indeed truth to this. What most people don't realize is that hearing loss begins during adolescence, beginning with the higher frequencies, often as early as age 16, and almost always to a measurable degree by age 18. And it progresses, albeit slowly, from there.

I'm 63. I don't bitch about it any more, as long as I get to listen to the Grateful Dead. Any Dead is better than none.

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Poster: Diamondhead Date: Jun 12, 2010 7:29pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Compression...

Hey, you totally said it. I'm one year ahead of you and I just got my first hearing aid. I have rock-n-roll ears and I'm the leading edge of the wave. Oh well. It hasn't stopped my enjoyment of the music and it never will.

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Poster: mickmac Date: Jun 12, 2010 9:34pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Compression...

Speak up please.

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Poster: Diamondhead Date: Jun 12, 2010 10:01pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Compression...

I'm sorry - this is as loud as hard-of-hearing can talk.

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Poster: drspark61 Date: Jun 12, 2010 11:30pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Compression...

Longnstrange isn't talking about the type of compression that's used to make smaller audio files like MP3. He's talking about compression of the dynamic range. Same word, but two completely different concepts.

Dynamic compression is grossly overused these days, and music suffers from it. Material for FM broadcast always has a certain amount of compression applied to it, but now CDs (and many recently remastered versions of older CDs -- e.g., the lastest Rolling Stones remasters) are way overcompressed. Everything is equally LOUD.

That's the great thing about the live music found here: wide dynamic range.